Charles Wesley M. Drew
Person Male Born 19/6/1913 Died 19/3/1941
Fireman killed as a result of an air raid on Plaistow Road, E15 on 19 March 1941. Andrew Behan has kindly carried out some research on this man:
Charles Wesley Messenger Drew was born on 19 June 1913 in Camberwell, a son of Mr and Mrs C. Drew. In 1938 he married Winifred Mary Sands and they had one son, John R. Drew, who was born in 1940. The 1939 England and Wales register shows him living with three other members of the Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) at 3 Sandiland Crescent, Hayes, Bromley, Kent and his occupation was recorded as an Assurance Clerk. His AFS Shoulder Number was shown as No.144. He and his family later lived at 38 Keswick Road, West Wickham, Kent.
He was attached to the Coney Hall Auxiliary Fire Service Station, West Wickham, Kent and was killed, aged 27 years, on 19 March 1941, together with four other colleagues who were aboard a pump, one of a convoy, that was travelling to a fire in Silvertown and that was obliterated in a land-mine explosion in Plaistow Road, West Ham. He and his four colleagues were buried in a communal grave in St John the Baptist Churchyard, Layhams Road, West Wickham. Probate was granted to his widow and his effects totalled £2,257-3s-10d.